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5:30 pm
Mon May 30, 2011

Perry Signs Tort Reform

Texas – Frivolous lawsuits would be limited in Texas under a measure Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law.

Perry gathered with supporters Monday to mark the passage of a "loser pays" bill, which he designated a top priority of the legislative session.

Some plaintiffs who sue and lose will be required to pay the court costs and attorney fees of those they are suing. The law creates expedited civil actions for cases less than $100,000 and allow judges to dismiss meritless lawsuits early in the process.

Perry said the changes reduce the cost of litigation while still allowing legitimate cases to proceed. He said Texas will become more attractive to employers looking to expand or relocate.

The law goes into effect Sept. 1.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.